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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Turkish government combing Twitter in search of protest organizers to arrest

Turkish government officials are investigating Twitter and similar social media platforms in an attempt to identify and eventually prosecute the organizers of mass demonstrations, Erodgan administration officials said this week.
In the latest attack on social media’s role in protests, the country’s Transportation and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim called on social media networks on Friday to cooperate with authorities in the probe.
"Yes to the Internet ... but an absolute no to its misuse as a tool for crimes, violence, chaos and disorder," Yildirim said quoted as saying by the local Dogan news agency.
Authorities have scoured social networks searching for protest leaders since national unrest began on May 28 at a rally in Instanbul's Taksim Square. Police have turned over at least 35 names to prosecutors in the city, according to Turkey's Aksam newspaper.